Forward to the Past:
Nechville Presents the Flex-tone Banjo!
Perhaps you are still digesting Nechville's Heli-Mount - what many consider to be the most innovative redesign the banjo
has ever seen. Now Nechville is reaching out to all lovers of the traditional
banjo pot design and introducing the next phase of development in the evolution
of the banjo: The Flex-tone Banjo!
The central coupling mechanism
between a modern Nechville neck and a historic design pot is called the Nechville Flex-tone. Having uncovered the secret of banjo time
transport, mad banjo scientist Nechville says, "This is the biggest breakthrough
since time began for banjoists! Now you are able to transport yourselves back to
1937, bringing along your favorite adjustable Nechville neck to hook up
with your favorite banjo pot of yesteryear."
The crucial Flex-tone element
enables the full-function of a Nechville banjo neck on Pre-War style banjo pots,
and virtually all other banjo pots for that matter.
It has long been a problem with
traditional banjos that they are not adjustable. Even if you are lucky enough to
have a working truss rod, there is never enough adjustability to use a tight
head with a high bridge (a setup preferred by top players). Nechville necks not
only have two-way stainless steel adjustment inside the neck, but feature an
exclusive mounting system, giving infinite adjustability to the height of the
strings to accommodate all styles of play and all bridge heights. The key to the
quick-cam is a rounded interface between the end of the neck and the radiused
portion of Nechville's Heli-Mount frame. A single Allen screw fastens the
neck and body with maximum surface area, producing a super solid and stable, yet
adjustable, neck mount.
Until now this useful feature
was only available on Heli-Mount banjos. Now, Nechville's Flex-tone is the breakthrough component making the marriage of timescapes
Hardware used since the 1920s
to hold a banjo neck to a body and keep the banjo pot round are called
coordinator rods. While they are not employed on a Heli-Mount banjo, they
are crucial to the stable connection of a narrow neck to a heavy banjo body. In
the case of Nechville's Historic Hybrid Banjo, the Flex-tone is firmly connected on the outside of the traditional pot to the existing
coordinator rods. The Flex-tone therefore integrates with the pot
assembly - becoming your time traveling vehicle!
The final alteration of time and space occurs at
the instant of merging the Flex-tone with the elegantly engineered
Nechville neck. The perfect mating surface of the Flex-tone matches
the neck's, and when they make contact, dig out your vintage picks and 1942 hat
- and watch out! To get back to the future, simply loosen the single Allen screw
and replace your neck on your trusty Heli-Mount frame.
Bob Van Putten: I am amazed at how the Nechville neck / Flex-tone has made my prewar flathead
Gibson banjo come alive. To be honest, I had been very disappointed with the
sound and playability of the 5-string neck previously on it. The addition of the
Nechville neck/Flex-tone has brought out the sound, playability and feel,
plus the workmanship is second to none.
Mark Jones: I am pretty amazed at the ingenuity (and workmanship) that has gone into
designing the Flex-tone. It is really a great idea. And my Craftsman
banjo plays much better now that it has the Nechville Classic neck on it.
I'll have to admit that I'm a bit on the "handy" side and I've never been
afraid of taking things apart and putting them back together, so I can't
really speak for the average banjo player. But I think this device will
appeal to the several hundred banjo players out there who know the business
end of a screwdriver.I would give this a 5 out of 5 star rating! Thanks
for making it possible.
Contact Us for
a quote on converting your banjo to a Flex-tone.
To Order: Email or Call our sales
line at (747)2BA-NJOS